In 1980, everyone who knew seven-year-old Chris Greicius also knew he wanted to be a policeman when he grew up. Concerned that Chris’ diagnosis with leukemia might prevent that dream from coming true, officers from the  Arizona Department of Public Safety decided to create that dream for him. They pulled together people from all over the Phoenix community to grant Chris’ wish to be an Arizona State Trooper.

Any child between the ages of 2½ and 18 who has a life-threatening medical condition may be eligible for a wish, with a local Make-A-Wish® chapter serving every US community. Each year, approximately 27,000 children in the United States are diagnosed with a condition that potentially qualifies them for a wish.

Make-A-Wish® America (MAW) now serves 61 chapters nationally and 36 internationally, and has granted the wishes of over 250,000 children globally. The Foundation was one of the nation’s first recipients of the Council of Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance Seal, signifying adherence to charitable accountability, and was honored in the most recent edition of “America’s Greatest Brands.”

Founded in 1987, Make-A-Wish® Oklahoma (MAW-OK) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. The chapter has an annual budget of $2.6M and is governed by a dedicated and diversified volunteer Board of Directors. The board is passionately engaged and committed to 100% giving and introducing personal network relationships. MAW-OK currently has 12 employees and two offices located in Oklahoma City and Tulsa.  The chapter currently grants 150 wishes per year but it is estimated that more than 342 Oklahoma children are diagnosed each year with a medical condition that would qualify them for a wish experience.  MAW-OK is committed to raising more funds in order to grant a wish for every eligible child in Oklahoma.

MAW-OK has a calendar of proven events both in OKC and Tulsa which provides a steady stream of annual income. Many MAW chapters over the last few years have successfully built a major gift fundraising program. MAW-OK is ready to embark on major gift fundraising and with complimentary support from the national office, which provides wealth screening of up to 10,000 names per annum, they are geared for a significant increase in revenue.

One of the greatest strengths of MAW-OK is the talent of its staff. Even though separated by two cities, the staff is committed, dedicated and extremely talented and, operate as a cohesive high-performing team. With a well-structured platform, a staff who are hungry for visionary leadership and a supremely recognizable mission, MAW-OK can flourish under new, strong leadership.

The Board of Directors is seeking a CEO who will lead a team and program ready for significant growth in revenue and wishes.   The CEO must bring a passion for MAW-OK and visionary leadership capabilities for staff, board and volunteers. The CEO must show a demonstrated track record of managing and leading a successful fundraising department as well as a focus on program excellence.  In the opinion of the Search Committee, MAW-OK’s projected growth is dependent on the CEO’s ability to lead a high-performing team and execute a more diversified fundraising program.  Therefore, the CEO must be capable of managing and implementing a successful, robust fundraising program.

This individual must possess intellectual horsepower and be persuasive, fair, and accountable. The CEO’s leadership must be focused on the core ethics of collaboration, self-improvement, and the drive for excellence, to ensure that the best services are being delivered to the children MAW-OK serves.

MAW-OK offers excellent compensation, with a PPO for health, vision and dental (85% paid for by MAW-OK), a generous match to a 401k and substantial vacation and holiday policy.



The CEO reports directly to the Board of Directors. The CEO is charged with building on MAW-OK’s years of success, realizing the organization’s vision, and achieving its goals for continued financial stability and community engagement.  The CEO is the chief spokesperson representing the organization to constituencies, both internal and external.  In addition to the operational, financial and administrative duties, the scope of responsibility includes overseeing program management, fund development, marketing, community relations, and strategic thinking and planning.  The CEO will build, foster, and maintain a balanced organizational culture that combines the richness and relevance of programs with the efficacy of best business practices, fiscal accountability, and institutional impact.


Lead a collaborative process with the Board of Directors and its committees, executing decisions effectively and ensuring that the Board of Directors and its committees are informed of critical developments in a timely and effective manner.

Collaborate closely with the Board of Directors and staff to create vision as well as execute and expand upon the strategic plan and budget.

Continue to support the development and cultivation of a strong Board of Directors, representative of the diverse community. Additionally, willing to lead and contribute to the development of the programs and play an integral role in developing prospects, cultivating major donors and funding agencies.

Manage and direct a comprehensive fund development plan that identifies prospects and donors and       enhances the short and long term diversified funding base.

Continue to raise the public profile of Make-A-Wish Oklahoma by serving as the spokesperson and advocate for the chapter, as well as being a visible, visionary and influential leader and fundraiser in the community.

Define and execute the strategy of effectively mobilizing volunteers in support of its programs.

Ensure that the organization is effectively structured and staffed with competent employees.

Lead, motivate, manage and develop staff to invoke passion about the mission of Make-A-Wish Oklahoma, and foster an environment committed to continuous improvement.

Manage and implement an effective performance management system for all employees which will include setting objectives and evaluation on an annual basis.

Guide the increased awareness and impact of the organization, clearly articulating its mission, vision, programs, and strategic direction.

Continuously assess community needs, evaluating partnership opportunities to promote programs uniquely suited to the mission.

Oversee and execute programmatic excellence by establishing operational benchmarks and setting timelines to achieve strategic goals. Continually review and evaluate programs and report findings to the Board of Directors accordingly.

Ensure that wish referrals and completed wishes reflect the diversity of the region and the communities served.

Ensure fiduciary responsibility, sound financial management, and financial accountability for contributions, income, and all other Make-A-Wish assets. Ensure public accountability consistent with Make-A-Wish® Foundation of America policies.

Oversee facilities, risk management and operational management.

Ensure the Chapter is meeting the standards and performance measures established by Make‑A‑Wish® America.

Work collaboratively with Make-A-Wish® America, other Make-A-Wish chapters and major donors, volunteer leadership, community organizations, and businesses in the region.

Execute all other reasonable duties as assigned by the Board of Directors.


Passion for Make-A-Wish® Oklahoma’s mission.

Imagination, vision, leadership, and integrity.

A minimum of five years of major gift fundraising with individuals/corporations in a professional capacity and/or a minimum of five years of chairing diversified fundraising programs, as a volunteer with demonstrated results.

A minimum of 3-5 years of senior management experience, with increasing levels of responsibility and management of staff, preferably with direct stewardship of Boards of Directors.

Experience leading a complex organization through significant growth and/or change.

Proven track record of management success with comparable P&L, planning, and operations responsibilities.

Understanding the importance the organization and its volunteers have in their local communities.

Ability to work effectively with diverse constituencies, including key community leaders and organizations.

A demonstrated ability to plan and operate strategically, to build public support, to strengthen infrastructure, to inspire staff and the Board of Directors, and to develop effective programs.

Exceptional financial, organizational, and administrative skills.

Excellent knowledge of fiscal management, budgeting, and cash flow management.

The ability to plan, set goals and objectives, organize, and follow through.

The ability to draft formal letters/communications as well as edit written materials for the chapter.

A strong interpersonal and communication skill set, and demonstrated ability to work effectively with and gain the respect and support of varied and changing constituencies, including staff, Board members, potential donors, volunteers, and others.

A team builder with a track record of effective staff management, including hiring, rewarding, and retaining talented managers and administrative staff members.

Ability to juggle many responsibilities at once and to operate both independently and with the flexibility to be part of a team.

Computer literate: Knowledge of Word and Excel and ability to learn database software.

Bachelor’s degree required, with an advanced degree preferred.

The ideal candidate will demonstrate the following capabilities:

Commitment to the mission of Make-A-Wish Oklahoma, with the credibility and persuasiveness to secure support from others.

A manager who leads by example and exemplifies the values and ethics of the organization.

An organized individual with strong creative and conceptual skills.

A hands-on, engaged leader who functions effectively without being autocratic or political; must be a team player who is inclusive, flexible, creative, energetic, and fair minded.

A decisive and resourceful individual with the willingness to accept responsibility and take charge of results, and is able to work successfully with limited resources.

A self-starter who is confident enough to express opinions, forging ahead when appropriate and holding back when necessary, and sensitive to the feelings and opinions of others.

An energetic person who is emotionally mature and dependable; a collegial individual.


Direct all correspondence emails and telephone calls to Sterling Search, Inc.

Julie Lugo – info@sterlingsearchinc.com or call 714 433 7042.

Any resumes sent or telephone calls made to MAW-OK will be redirected to Sterling Search, Inc.

Previous resume submissions have been forwarded to Sterling Search, Inc.

Make-A-Wish® Oklahoma is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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